We are reaching the point in the season where a number of top leagues across Europe will start thinking about their winter break. While teams in England don’t enjoy a full break, the schedule has tried to build in some kind of break in recent years.
However, that isn’t as much time off as some of the other clubs in other leagues across Europe have with some closing down for two weeks over the festive and new year period.
So with that very much on the horizon, let’s now take a look at how the situation stands in a number of the top leagues across Europe including La Liga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A.
We will then also give you some of the best bets you can enjoy on these leagues right now with bet365 Sport, who offer an extensive range of betting on many different football leagues and other tournaments all over the world.
So let’s begin our trek across Europe by heading over to France and possibly the league championship that is probably the least competitive of all the European leagues due to the dominance of one team.
Ligue 1 (France)
As you can see from the top of the league table in France, with just short of half the season gone, Paris St Germain hold an 11 point lead over Rennes in the table.
It is not really surprising. Paris St Germain were already the top team in France by a comfortable margin and their squad was already worth hundreds of millions more than any other and then this summer they added the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Achraf Hakimi and Lionel Messi to their squad.
So in truth, I am surprised that PSG are not leading the division by a larger margin than they already are, although it should be noted that they are definitely focusing on the Champions League over the next couple of years more so than the French League title.
With the likes of Lille, Lyon and Monaco off the pace, it was always 99% sure that PSG would romp to the title, so there is no point looking for a good value bet on them with bet365 Sport. They are 1/50 to win the league and the best price after that are Rennes who are 25/1.
That kind of says it all.
A better bet may well be on the Top Goalscorer market in France where you can get 9/4 on Lille striker Jonathan David to win the golden boot, and he leads the way with 11 league goals so far this season, four more than the current favourite, Kylian Mbappe at 13/8.
Bundesliga I (Germany)
If Paris St Germain have taken ownership of the French league in recent years, then you can say the same in Germany for Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga. The current Champions have won the title every year for the past nine years and their 31 title wins dwarfs the next best (9 from Nurnberg).
Julian Nagelsmann took over from Hans Flick at the end of the season when the latter moved on to be German National Team manager and Nagelsmann has continued where Flick left off, with the team dominating their Champions’ League group and sitting four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
That four-point gap over Dortmund came courtesy of a 3-2 win over their rivals last weekend, which moved Bayern clear at the top of the table.
Dortmund and Leverkusen seem to be the best poised teams to challenge the title holders, but it would be a massive surprise if Munich don’t win the Bundesliga for a tenth year in succession and though they are just four points clear, they are still 1/20 with bet365 Sport to win the league.
There’s not even much joy to be had in the top goalscorer market in Germany as Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is also 1/20 to win that accolade. He has netted 16 goals in just 14 Bundesliga games this season, four more than Patrick Schick and five more than Erling Haaland.
However, one bet to consider is the To Finish In Top four market and there are two teams that could figure here, Union Berlin at 7/2 and my pick would be SC Freiburg, also at 7/2, who I think could upset the applecart and land a spot in the top four.
Serie A (Italy)
If there is one league this year that does look ripe for a bet on who will win it, even at almost the halfway point, then it is Serie A. At the moment, as you can see from the table, the two Milan teams lead the way with Milan just a point ahead of Inter, who themselves are just a point in front of Napoli.
Then come the exciting Atalanta who are two points behind the Neapolitans, with Champions Juventus seven points behind in fifth and Fiorentina also seven points off fourth spot in sixth. Then Roma and Lazio round out the top eight a further two points behind Juve and La Viola.
You can make a case for any of those top eight teams making the top four and I think any of the top five could potentially come through and win the title. That means the odds on this league are much better for punters.
Inter Milan are 11/10 with Atalanta 4/1 and both Napoli and Milan 9/2 chances with Juventus the 12/1 outsiders out of that bunch. At the moment, my head is saying that Inter probably will just shade this but I would love Atalanta to claim the title and I’d put a small bet on them at 4/1 purely for sentimental reasons!
La Liga (Spain)
Real Madrid have opened up an eight point lead at the top of La Liga although second placed Sevilla do have a game in hand on their rivals from the capital and could cut that down to five points. However, with Atletico Madrid in fourth and ten points behind their city rivals, and Barcelona down in 7th place and 16 points behind (as well as six points out of the Champions League places) it is hard to see Real throwing this lead away.
Defensively the league leaders have not been great this season, but they have scored 10 more goals than the best of the rest in La Liga (37, compared to Atletico Madrid with 27).
This is reflected at the top of the goalscorers charts, where Karim Benzema leads the way with 12 goals and second is Vinicius Jr who has netted 10 in the league so far this season.
It Is hard to see Real dropping out of this position and they are 1/5 on to win the league this season, with second place Sevilla 16/1 and the bookies reckon only Atletico Madrid could catch them and they are a 6/1 chance to do so.
However, what could be very interesting here is the race for the top four. Barcelona’s well publicised financial issues mean that a top four finish for them and a spot in the Champions League next year is a must, but the Catalans are well off the pace at the moment.
They do now have ex-player Xavi as their new manager and the bookies reckon they are 4/6 to land a top four finish. I think those odds are only going to shorten as the season progresses, so now may well be a good chance to get on Barcelona for a second half of the season revival.